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Complimentary Showing of Food Evolution

Mercer County Farm Bureau
Event organized by Mercer County Farm Bureau

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Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, Food Evolution from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time, GMOs. The film, now streaming on Hulu.com and available on iTunes or Amazon, is a fully independent investigation into biotechnology, interviewing experts on both sides of the aisle and including all points of view. Commissioned by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Food Evolution shows how easily misinformation can overwhelm objective analysis, touching on the following topics.
- Are consumers capable of applying science to emotionally charged topics?
- How do we ensure that GMOs and our food supply are safe for your health?
- Can we produce enough food to feed the world without harming the planet?
- Has genetically engineered food and fiber increased or decreased pesticide use?
- What data, evidence and sources are we using to approach these important questions?
In The New York Times review of Food Evolution, Daniel Gold says, “With a soft tone, respectful to opponents but insistent on the data, ‘Food Evolution’ posits an inconvenient truth for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, G.M.O.s may well be a force for good."

The showing of the documentary is complimentary, and will include a panel discussion following the movie showing.
- Dr. Joel Stafstrom, Associate Professor of Biology, Northern Illinois University
- Dr. Lia Nightingale, Associate Professor of Nutrition, Palmer College of Chiropractic
- Megan Dwyer, Conventional and non-GMO Farmer in Henry County, Illinois
- Todd Stegmiller, Conventional and Organic Farmer in Rock Island County, Illinois